Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. Decomposing the Survey Participation Phenomenon

06/01/2002

The phenomenon of survey participation is sequential and nested. First, the location of sample persons must be determined. Second, sample persons must be contacted. Third, they are given a request for survey information. Those not contacted make no decision regarding their participation that is known by the survey organization. Those contacted and given a survey request can cooperate, they can refuse, or they can provide information that communicates that they cannot physically or cognitively perform the respondent role. Because these are four separate processes, it is important to keep them as separate nonresponse phenomena: failure to locate, noncontact, refusals, and other noninterview is a common category-labeling scheme.

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